Streetcars conjure up visions of San Francisco, New Orleans, Uncle Ben's Rice, and that Marlon Brando movie where he pleads for his wife to return to him after he beats her. But now, it will also conjure up downtown Fort Lauderdale and, also, the future, because the Broward County Commission has ... More >>
What a difference a year or two makes.In November 2010, during a wave of Republican support, Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl was swept out of office despite a long and blistering attack on his opponent, Chip LaMarca, whom he outspent by nearly half a million dollars.People wondered why. Was it the d ... More >>
Broward Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs, who last year tried banning the sale of bongs, is the newest member of the Intergovernmental Coastal Oceans Task Force, a group of lawmakers and eco-experts appointed to protect us from the forthcoming watery woe of climate change.The group is said to represent the ... More >>
As you may have heard once or twice or a million times, Congressman Allen West is switching districts for the 2012 race, moving north to the newly drawn District 18. He already has an avowed general election opponent in Democrat Patrick Murphy, but West could also be up against two Republicans in ... More >>
The day Broward Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs held her official campaign kickoff for the U.S. House of Representatives, fellow County Commissioner Chip LaMarca told the Sun-Sentinel he's "very seriously considering" running for Allen West's old seat too.LaMarca, a Republican, has been "considering" a ... More >>
TSAImages from the "backscatter" machine.The Broward Commission may request that the Transportation Security Administration go back to the old-school gropings pat-downs of passengers at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and ditch the use of body scanners.The item -- which was de ... More >>
Broward Vice Mayor Kristin Jacobs (left) and Mayor John Rodstrom.The Broward Commission voted unanimously to pick Vice Mayor John Rodstrom as the new Broward Mayor, replacing Sue Gunzburger to begin his one-year term.Kristin Jacobs' path to becoming the new vice mayor wasn't exactly a shoe-in. Sh ... More >>
The Broward Commission unanimously voted down a draft ordinance proposed by County Administrator Bertha Henry to require people to apply for and obtain permits to engage in "expressive activities" at county facilities -- a mandate that many members of the public see as a stab at the First Ame ... More >>
superstoned.netThanks to the Broward County Commission, youngsters under the age of 18 now have to get permission from Mom or Dad to buy a "smoking device."All hope is not lost for the young potheads of Broward -- the commission didn't ban kids from buying apples.The ordinance, sponsored by Commi ... More >>
superstoned.netNot without ID, mister.Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs is putting down the bong-hammer.Scheduled for tomorrow's commission meeting is a requested motion to direct the county attorney to draft an ordinance that would ban the sale of "smoking devices" to kids under age 18. ... More >>
Cal Deal Wild Art: Sheriff Al Lamberti at a pill mill protest Friday at the Galleria in Fort Lauderdale. Also pictured: Broward Commissioners Chip LaMarca (left of Lamberti) and Kristin Jacobs (far right). Thanks to Cal Deal for the photo. Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter may be in t ... More >>
UPDATED: Sylvia Poitier, the controversial former Broward County commissioner who is now an elected official in Deerfield Beach, has been charged with five misdemeanors related to her family's involvement in a city-sponsored housing organization, according to the South Florida Times. Poitier ... More >>
Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter, shortly after voting in favor of the controversial housing project being pushed by dirty developers Bruce and Shawn Chait, appointed the husband of the Chaits' chief political consultant to the Broward County Planning Council. In early 2007, Ritte ... More >>
There is no bigger believer in the power of activists in Broward County than the Pulp. When watchdogs in the media fail (which happens more frequently than you can imagine), their hard work and perseverance have helped to bring one scandal after another to light. Russell Rand speaks at a recent ... More >>
In the wake of the Tucson shooting, Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter said at yesterday's public meeting that she wants to beef up security and have metal detectors at the county governmental building. All That Glitters, who watched the meeting (I didn't), reported the ... More >>
They just voted Sue Gunzburger the new Broward mayor to replace Ken Keechl. Hey, it was her turn. Commissioner Kristin Jacobs made a very lame motion for Gunzburger, saying that "when each jewel is allowed to shine, the whole crown shines." Yuck. Out with the old, in with the ... More >>
John Fry is facing John Howes in a runoff for a Broward County Judge right now, but ten years ago, that must have seemed like an impossibility. He had lost his job as a Margate cop and was facing criminal charges for, as the Miami Herald put it at the time, participating in an arrest ... More >>
Photo: C. StilesKristin Jacobs had a score to settle with Sue Gunzburger.I know that sometimes the politics behind Broward County Commission decisions can seem complex, but trust me: Anyone who has been to high school can understand the social dynamics at work on the county's legislative body.The ... More >>
Sun-Sentinel This shot by Mike Stocker should have won a Pulitzer.The top ethics official in Florida penned a letter asking a federal judge to show leniency for former Broward County Board Member Beverly Gallagher, who has pleaded guilty to bribery and other federal charges that ... More >>
I've decided to go with more blunt and truthful headlines ... can you tell? The inspiration for this one is the passing of lobbyist Ron Book's initiative to bring more money to the county's bail bondsmen at the expense of our tax dollars. Book, who represents the bondsmen, has been w ... More >>
Broward Commission, lobbyists ooze coziness
It looks like Ben Graber is selling out the public for a high-rolling developer. He says he's making sausage.
Pompano Beach Mayor Bill Griffin is, well, conflicted over the Swimming Hall of Fame deal
You thought there was a problem with Broward credit cards? Get this.
Allen Reesor's friends-and-family program has other homeless-services professionals crying foul
Commissioner Lori Parrish opposed a rent increase for small airlines. A major supporter is a lobbyist for the airlines. You figure it out.
John Rodstrom vs. Scott Cowan
The plan to elect county commissioners from single-member districts could revolutionize Broward politics. So why don't voters care?
Broward's leading reform candidate discovers that money really is the root of all influence
County Commissioner Scott Cowan paid his daughters $10,000 in campaign funds for not working on his campaign. Hey -- it's legal.
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